Constitutional and Admin Law

Week 2 Discussion 1

“The Principles”. Please respond to the following:

  • In Marbury v. Madison, describe and comment about both Jefferson’s approach and Madison’s logic, and weigh the options.
    – Explain if Jefferson’s approach could have worked.

    – Discuss the significance of the case to the constitutional principles.

  • Analyze and discuss how the opinions in Griswold v. Connecticut reflect justices’ views about the roles of the judiciary and the legislature.

Week 2 Discussion 2

“The Constitution.” Please respond to the following:

  • Discuss the impact of Superior Court Justices who serve on the bench for decades. Do they reflect the prevailing norms better than elected legislatures? State why or why not.
  • The Constitution has always had several interpretations. Pick one amendment and provide an interpretation for and against that amendment.
  • Discuss how public administrators can juggle situations where two or more parties interpret the constitution differently.

Week 2 e-Activity

Assignment 1: Learning by Doing

Using library or Internet resources provide a full citation for each of the following items:

  1. Your state’s statute that defines what is considered to be a public record that must be made available to the public upon request.
  2. The pre-World War I opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court holding, on re-argument, that a federal income tax was unconstitutional.
  3. The federal statute authorizing the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to make payments to states for the value of materials stockpiled near federal highway construction projects in conformity with the project specifications.
  4. The federal joint regulation of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Department of Commerce, identifying the factors for listing, delisting, or reclassifying endangered species.
  5. Your state’s administrative regulations specifying the licensure process for real estate agents.
  6. The local ordinance in your municipality governing noise.
  7. The most recent opinion of your state’s highest appeals court describing the extent to which the state constitution requires that the power of eminent domain be exercised only for a public use.
  8. A recent federal trial court decision in your federal district describing the standard for summary judgment in federal court.
  9. A law-review article published within the past five (5) years about libel law and political campaign advertisements.

Your assignment must:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
 
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